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the summer, carol, he talked about that foreign policy trip overseas. mitt romney was strongly criticized by some in the palestinian community after he basically said that the reason why the palestinian territory there is not doing very well is because of cultural differences with israel. there is one excerpt from the speech we want to show to you. this is basically where mitt romney is going to be going with this speech later on this morning. he is going to say, quote, we cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in t middle east when our words are not backed by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity. it is time to change course in the middle east. one final thing, carol, on a campaign conference call yesterday romney's foreign policy team talked about some presidents of past they might be shaping their foreign policy principles after. they talked about the presidencies of jfk, truman and even bill clinton. after that first debate
, showing romney talking to an empty chair, trying to symbolize that the president wasn't completely present in that wednesday debate. thanks so much. peter hamby in washington. >> the drop in the unemployment rate is a big headline from the jobs report, but is that what we should be focusing on right now? cnn's chief business correspondent ali velshi weighing in. >> fred, so there are a couple things at play here. first, the unemployment rate, the drop from 8.1% to 7.8%. throw it out, erase it from your head. it doesn't matter. the thing you need to concentrate is the number of jobs that were actually created. 113,000. that's right around where we thought it would be. it's not an inspiring number. it doesn't say that things are bad. it doesn't say that things are good. what you want to be measuring is whether or not over time we are creating jobs. we're adding jobs to the u.s. economic landscape. the unemployment rate measures something different. that's a set of phone calls that go to people's houses to find out whether they're employed, whether they work at home, whether they're self-empl
it? >> let's talk about the numbers, john. mitt romney still getting post debate bounce. you can't say any more that debates don't matter. the new cnn poll, poll of polls, mitt romney has a slight lead with likely voters, 48% to 47%. his performance certainly showed that you can't say it doesn't matter anymore. there is no bigger swing state than ohio, where you are. >> reporter: the history tells you no republican has ever been elected president without winning the state of ohio. can you do the math and have romney win without this state? yes. is it likely? no. before the debate some polls had him down as many as nine points in ohio. new cnn poll row leased last night has him down four, 51-47. another group, american research group show ed romney up a point in ohio. no question. just like in the national polls, a bit of a boost. romney is up in the suburbs, up among independents. there's signs of strength here from romney, we can tell you there are a few soft spots he needs to work on. >> john king in ohio, covering the debates as well. thank you very much. watch live coverage o
. we talk middle east, we talk syria specifically and that's one of the topics that mitt romney touched on today when he was speaking at the virginia military institute. take a listen. >> in syria, i work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values. and then ensure that they obtain the arms they need to defeat assad's tanks and helicopters and fighter jets. iran is sending arms to assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for him. we should be working no less vigorously through our international partners to support the many syrians who would deliver that defeat to iran, whether sitting on the sidelines. it is essential that we develop influence with those forces in syria that will one day lead a country that sits at the heart of the middle east. >> mitt romney is saying, arm the rebels. again, the question being how well do we know them, how do we know which rebels we should be arming, that's the question for you. >> the wording there is interesting. he's not saying i believe the united states should arm the rebe
that was different was what you had actually talked about and that was romney's stance on arming the syrian rebels. how does the united states go about doing that, because we know the obama administration even learning in the "new york times", they're discouraging u.s. allies, arab allies to actually get involved. >> yeah. you know, if you would have lisped that speech, you would assume atmospherically that romney had very strong disagreements with the obama administration, but his problem is that obama has run a foreign policy almost like a moderate republican. it's been internationalist, and not too liberal in temz of the human rights oriented. the syrian issue is the one place romney can find to make a distinction. as you point out, it's a very difficult policy to enact. the syrian insurgency is really an uprising of 100 armed militias all over syria that are not particularly well connected to one another. >> you wouldn't understand the goals of the people you are arming, and there is a danger that some of this would blow back in just a way in the afghan skas where the people we armed turn into
the obama and romney camps. 9:30 eastern we'll talk to ted strickland, navl ctional co-chaf the obama campaign. and then diane black at 10:30 eastern. >>> capitol hill, former state department security officer in libya tells lawmakers he got no support after asking for more help at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. he was testifying at a congressional hearing, investigating the terrorist attack in libya that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others. listen to what eric nordstrom told the oversight committee. >> i was criticized and somehow it was my responsibility to come up with a plan on the ground and not the responsibility for ds. i raised that specific point in a meeting with the ds director in march, that 60 days, there was no plan and it was hope that everything would get better. >> let's go now to foreign affairs reporter elise labott. this was quite a heated hearing. >> it was. basically there was so much political grandstanding, don, it was really hard to get at what was really important that eric nordstrom and lieutenant colonel andy wood, the top securi support
talking points can you get into one segment? >> she was pretty good. she was like a politician. >> yeah. well, i will tell you the big difference right now is that you can tell mitt romney is having fun. that's what you saw at the debate. you saw a mitt romney who was enjoying being there and brought his a game and you saw president obama who looked pained, looked like he would rather be having a root canal than being at that debate. and, you know, carol, the thing is, we are now -- before, we could say to a candidate, tell us what you think. today, we are also part of the oprah winfrey, dr. phil generation. we also want to know what they feel, who they are. we want to like them. you know, so i think it is very important that mitt romney is showing more of his personal side. we do know a lot about president obama. that's one of his advantages. you know, we know all about his daughters, his dog, his grandma, his mom, his wife. and i think it's a very good thing that mitt romney is also showing us the real mitt romney. >> except for the dog part. i know that was a low blow. i couldn't hel
the shuttle program a little too soon. >>> let's talk presidential politics now. election day just 24 days away. and mitt romney is campaigning hard today in one of the biggest battleground states, ohio. he's speaking at a rally this hour in sportsmouth, and later on today, he attends a rally in the town of lebanon. romney spent time this morning preparing for his next debate with president obama. that showdown is tuesday night in hempstead, new york. >> president obama, meantime, is under particular pressure to put on a strong performance after getting critical reviews in the first debate. last week. just a few minutes ago, he left joint base andrews for williamsburg, virginia, where he'll be preparing. he'll be there until tuesday. the town hall debate will be hosted by our own candy crowley in new york. >>> a rock legend is about to hit the campaign trail. ♪ >> bruce springsteen will campaign for president barack obama next week in ohio. he'll team up with another high-profile supporter, former president bill clinton. ohio is a critical battleground state and the race between obama an
a really good point because there hasn't been much talk of some of the social issues over the last couple of weeks. when you look at what's happening in the battleground states, the romney/ryan ticket, which is pretty far extreme on a number of these issues, women's reproductive health, access to contraception, discrimination on things like definitions of rape, women really are responding to that. and it's a big reas why the obama/biden ticket is so far ahead in so many battleground states with women. and i thought that last night's debate, you know, you had a clip -- it's kind of the untalked about thing this morning -- raised a bunch of issues for the campaigns to be talking about over the next couple of weeks. yes, the economy is important. wh women have to worry about their health care and the economy, that's just an extra burden. and i think it came out well last night. >> i think people were paying particularly close attention, erick because of mitt romney's comments to the des moines register, and there are other reasons. it's a very timely issue, erick. even though it was about th
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